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  Fox News Democracy 2020 Town Hall with President Trump  FOX News  March 5, 2020 3:30pm-4:30pm PST

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(vo) welcome to the all-new subaru outback. the most reliable outback ever. go where love takes you. >> after a stunning super tuesday it appears the race for president is down to three. >> this campaign will send donald trump packing! >> it's our campaign, our movement which is best position to defeat trump. >> his handlers are further left than bernie. >> president trump wasting no time trying to convince voters to keep him there. >> everything we have toward victory in november,
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november 3rd to be exact. >> the president betting on a strong economy to win him a second term. >> with the help of everyone here tonight, america has now become the hottest economy anywhere on the planet earth. >> tonight, president donald trump comes to the boyhood home of his democratic rival joe biden where his first town hall of the 2020 campaign, on fox news. ♪ ♪ >> good evening from the scranton cultural center in scranton, pennsylvania,, tonight the battle for the white house comes to the keystone state. >> great to be here tonight, pennsylvania is critical in securing president trump's victory in 2016 and it is a state that he may need again
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this november. >> bret: this comes as the democratic field hoping to challenge him is narrowing. only two major candidates remain, former vice president joe biden and vermont senator bernie sanders. >> martha: president trump has held rallies across the country touting record jobs, new trade deals, and an overall strong economy. >> bret: will that message resonate here as he looks to become the first republican since ronald reagan to win pennsylvania twice. >> martha: ladies andlen, president donald trump. [cheers and applause] pres>> president trump: thank y. thank you very much.
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[cheers and applause] >> martha: thank you for being here, great to have you. >> president trump: thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you. speak to a terrific crowd here tonight, thank you so much. >> bret: we would love to get into a lot of questions tonight, a lot of good questions from residents in scranton. >> martha: we are going to jump right in from our first question from our audience, thank you again for being here tonight. catherine is joining us, she's an undecided voter and she has a question for president trump. >> mr. president, at the outset of the coronavirus, your administration's response seemed to some as being confusing or
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minimizing. what plans are being considered on a federal level for the possibility of a long-term disruption from the novel coronavirus? >> president trump: actually, we are giving tremendous marks, you look at gallup poll and other poles for the way we have handled it and one of the things i did as i closed on the borders to china and other areas that are badly affected and having a lot of troubles. areas of countries that have have a lot of problems and i closed them down very early against the advice of almost everybody and we've been given rave reviews. right now -- it's a lot of people but it's still 11 people versus tremendous numbers of thousands of people that have died all over the world. we have 11. we have 149 cases as of this moment, it's a hundred 29, i just see right now it's 100,000 cases around the world. if we are given tremendous marks, having made the decision,
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it was a decision i made to close down the border so that people from china where we take in thousands and thousands of people a day, they stopped coming in very early, weeks ahead of where they normally would've been stopped. >> bret: you said you want to take politics out of dealing with this crisis but in the white house yesterday, you said that about the testing kits and the delay, you blamed president obama. >> president trump: i don't blame anybody, i want to get everybody to understand they made some decisions which were not good decisions. we inherited decisions they made and that's fine. we undid some of the regulations that made it very difficult but i'm not blaming anybody, the democrats -- some of them, it's become much better but some of the democrats have said no matter what -- if we found a cure and everybody is better tomorrow morning at 9:00, they would say he's done a terrible job. how was the president doing?
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terrible. they don't mean it and we've done a great job. we've gotten the highest poll numbers of anybody for this kind of thing. i'm working with phenomenal people with cdc and all of the people involved, mike pence is doing a fantastic job. he's working 20 hours a day or more on this and really doing a fantastic job. >> bret: the critics would say why wait until the testing issue become a crisis before dealing with it, if you want to change regulations, change them when you took office or when you first learned of the virus in january. south korea got their act together right away, that's what they say. >> president trump: when you say take office, we learned about this a short while ago. >> bret: when you learned about it. >> president trump: were thinking about a lot of other things too, trade and millions of other things. we are doing some job with the economy so i'm not think about this -- but as soon as i heard china had a problem i said what's going on with china? how many people are come again,
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nobody but me asked that question. you both know i closed the borders very early. >> bret: i'm talking about the testing kits. >> as soon as we found out it was a problem, we did it. it's not the kind of thing where you say i just got elected commodes do some testing on this. they had some bad decisions, bad decisions they made and we corrected those decisions. speak to you care a lot about the economy and we are seeing some impacts, it's surprising how many conferences are being shut down and meetings are being canceled and flights are being canceled, even the james bond movie they are delaying because of the coronavirus -- i'm wondering what you think is the long term over the course of the year -- wall street says they don't expect u.s. companies to have any growth in 2020, what's the impact in the economy and potentially on your reelection? >> president trump: i think people are viewing us as have i done a very good job, nobody is blaming us for the virus. i haven't heard that even from
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some of these so-called enemies or whatever you want to call them, they aren't blaming us. this started in china, how it started as a question but thousands of thousands of cases in china and it infiltrated up to almost 100 countries. >> i don't mean to interrupt but i'm asking about in terms of things you can't control. the impact on the economy and potentially that could if people feel like the economy is turning around, that could be an election issue. >> president trump: we were set to hit 30,000 on the dow, this is a number that nobody even came close to and already we have the number and it's down ten or 11%, it's still the highest it's ever been by far. it might have an impact -- at the same time, i have to say people are now staying at the united states, spending their money in the u.s. and i like that. i have been after that for a long time. i have been saying stay in the u.s. and spend your money here, they are enforced doing that. we met with the airline
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companies yesterday, they are doing a fantastic job and they do start flying to areas that have a big problem. it's going to all work out, everybody has to be calm, it's going to work out. >> bret: to the original question, there is a long-term plan? >> president trump: we could have a very long-term plan, we hope it doesn't happen but we have plans for every single possibility. we hope it doesn't last too long. >> bret: robert is a trump supporter, he does have a question about rhetoric in the campaign. >> mr. president, thank you so much for returning back to northeastern pennsylvania, i've been a supporter for you for the duration and thank you for everything you've done for this country and continue to do for this country. unfortunately, insult politics have become a staple of this political environment. joe biden has suggested to take you out back behind the gym and fight you, maxine waters has a
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low iq -- could there be a way we can deliver your message without the controversial rhetoric and efforts to reunite this country during these divisive times. >> president trump: i think the country is far more united than people think and ultimately what is uniting the country's success. we are having more success than we have ever had. we got hit with the virus three weeks ago if you think about it, it's when we first started to see possible effects. we are having the greatest year, last year was the greatest year we ever had economically and i think the way we unite is about success. i wouldn't be sitting up here if i turned my cheek, if i said let them keep heading at me, they aren't interviewing me right now, they're interviewing somebody else, maybe they wouldn't be doing that. if they don't get ratings, they don't interview anybody.
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you can't turn your cheek. [applause] we get hit so hard and we have a media that is -- i say to a large extent it's a part of the democrat party, it really is -- it's terrible, it's unfair. i call it fake news, people are using it all over the world right now and that's the way it is. we have to fight back, i appreciate the question. >> martha: speaking of rhetoric. i want you to listen to this. >> i want to tell you, gorsuch, i want to tell you, kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and he will pay the price. >> i should not have used the
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words i used yesterday, they didn't come out the way i intended to. >> martha: going over some of the response to all of that, some of your critics are saying president trump has also gone after liberal judges. >> president trump: you mean they are blaming me for schumer? [cheers and applause] >> martha: he made an apology there, do you think you could make an apology of what you've said about liberal judges are not? >> president trump: we had a justice come out and criticize me badly and i responded to what she said. i had very harsh criticism as you know, justice ginsburg -- just before the debate, as i was getting elected, she came out and had to apologize, it was a terrible thing she said, she should never have said it. if they say something to me i'm not allowed to say back? you had another justice say
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something that was somewhat derogatory and all i did was respond. i didn't respond like gorsuch, that was a physical thing. he tried to say that has to do with the election, that had nothing to do with the election the way we are going to hit back like you've never seen before? was real intimidation in the best you can say is they are trying to intimidate so that the judges, the justices built their way. that is no good either but that was physical, if a republican did what schumer did, they would be in jail right now. [applause] >> bret: to follow up on that quickly, chief justice roberts put out a statement and really rebuked senator schumer for those words. the last time he put out one of these rare statements it was about you and the federal judge that you called an obama judge. to martha's question, is there something about apologies on both sides when dealing with justices? >> president trump: i have to
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state the facts, i'm not anybody physically. if we have an obama judge, we don't do very well. we've appointed 220 federal judges, the most in history, it's a record. because number one mitch mcconnell did a great job, the republicans did a great job at the bottom line is president obama gave me 142 openings when i first got there. there's never been anything like that. normally you have no openings. you say he's a great president, the most important thing you have to do i say is the military but a lot of people say it's judges and justices of the supreme court. president obama gave us 142, it's unheard of. if you have one it's like you got lucky. of the 220 federal judges and court of appeals justices, if you go to the ninth circuit you go to certain places it's almost
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impossible to win. i was surprised that justice roberts, i have a lot of respect for him, but i think it could've been left unsaid because a lot of people come a lot of very top legal minds disagreed with him when he said it. i'm talking about the facts, the facts of life, that's the way it is. >> bret: our next question is from david, he's a democrat who decided to vote for you in 2016. >> mr. president, welcome back to scranton. everyone supports protecting the environment but the epa seems to focused on complex regulations, fines, fees, and lawsuits. what can you do to lead the epa to focus more on proactive compliance instead of punitive enforcement to protect the environment? >> president trump: i love the question because the epa is much different. we are very tough and we are taking regulations off like nobody has seen. i say simply, i want to have the cleanest air on the planet, i want to have crystal clear,
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beautiful water. our conditions now are much better than they were three years ago but you know very well because you are into the world of regulation, i think it was maybe one of the biggest things we've done. i've cut regulations more than any president whether they are eight years, four years, i cut more than any other president in the history of our country and i did in less than three years. this is why -- i was able to get the country going because so many jobs were stopped by not only epa, so many other agencies where you would have to get 11 different permits for the same thing -- i opened up lng plants in louisiana where they were for years, ten, 12, 14 years and longer trying to get permits, i got them built. a $10 billion plant in louisiana, the keystone xl pipeline, i gave it in my first week, i got approval.
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the dakota access pipeline, i got the approval. 48,000 jobs and frankly it's more environmentally -- it's better than having the train go up and down tracks, you don't know what happens with the tree and plenty of bad things. here you are underground, environmentally better. one of the reasons the economy is so strong is because what we did with regulations. if the other side -- we will call it the other side, affectionately -- got in, they would've made regulations much tougher. >> martha: i want to ask a follow-up question, you are the typical voter, a lifelong democrat who crossed over and voted for president trump in 2016 in areas like we are in right now. obviously now joe biden or bernie sanders are going to try to get your boat back. i'm curious is there anything or
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any issue that they could answer for you that would change your mind? >> i'm focused on the economy and on regulation and deregulation and i like what has happened in the country in the last four years. i'm thankful for your efforts and i hope we can continue. [cheers and applause] >> martha: the answer would be no, nothing. >> president trump: i think they thought you were going to give them a different answer. that sounded like a set of question but you are my man. >> martha: i said i'm very interested in this motor. we want to know how voters like you are going to vote next time around because we love to follow the story of the movement of the electorate and i think it's fascinating. >> president trump: this area of pennsylvania and pennsylvania itself has the best numbers it has ever had. it's got the best economy, the
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best unemployment numbers, scranton has the lowest and best unemployment numbers and employment numbers that they've ever had by far. the people in pennsylvania, they are very happy with their job. it was 30 years since a republican won pennsylvania and based on results, i think we win again very easily. [cheers and applause] >> martha: i mentioned joe biden and bernie sanders because elizabeth warren dropped out today and i want to know what your reaction to that was. >> president trump: if she's a true progressive which probably she is, she should have dropped out three days ago. it would've been a whole different race. texas was close, she didn't do well but she got a lot of votes, far more than the difference. think about maine, it was almost a tie, they had to wait a day and a half before they could even call it. she came in third and it was a very distant third but she got a lot of votes.
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i think he would've gotten everything, right? and bernie sanders would have won five, six, seven states. would have won minnesota, would have won at least another two or three states. when you look at it, she did him no favors, that was not a good friendship. we started to see that during the debates that became unhing unhinged. she didn't even have to endorse him, if she just dropped out of the race without an endorsement he would've won a tremendous number of states that he lost, he lost states by not very much and she got enough votes that it would've made a big difference. i think he would be leading by a lot right now had she not been in the race. >> bret: tonight you are in the boyhood home of joe biden who is eight phoenix from the ashes in this democratic race and tonight looks likely that he could get the democratic nomination.
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democrats insist that you were impeached because you were trying to damage joe biden. were you? >> president trump: it was a fake impeachment. [cheers and applause] we had -- the republicans in the house, we had hundred 96 votes republicans, zero against, we picked up three democrat votes on top of that and we had one democrat was so angry about it he left the party and became the republican. he left the majority and went into a minority. it was a whole fake deal and everybody knows that. i made a phone call, a perfect phone call, there was nothing wrong with that. they said let's impeached. the back story is when the phony whistle-blower heard the call and supposedly through somebody, do notice the way everybody disappeared?
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thank goodness i had a transcriber, we had more than one. thank goodness we had that call transcribed because the transcripts reveal it was a perfect call. by that time we were talking about impeachment and we were going by a phony whistle-blower rendition of a call that didn't exist, he goes before congress and he starts talking about eight quid pro quo's and don't call me, i'll call you, that's a mob expression -- everybody is saying that's a terrible call. it was totally made up. we'll sue him, we'll take him down and i find out he's got immunity because he made it in congress, it should be the opposite. you should have to be more honest if you're in congress. [cheers and applause] >> bret: do you think biden is damaged? >> president trump: i think biden has been damaged, yeah, a lot of people come up very strong statements by. very respected people, they aimed at
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trump and they took biden down. you look at his son, here's a guy, he didn't have a job, the military was a very sad experience for him, he goes out and gets $3 million plus $183,000 a month to be a board member of a company that a lot of people said was corrupt. just as bad, china. i just made a great china deal, they are paying this billions of dollars because of what i did to them with tariffs. to the point where my farmers are in love with me because i took some of that money and give it to them. his son walks out of china with a billion and a half dollars for a fund, he is going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and much more than that. >> bret: you want to face joe biden or bernie sanders? >> president trump: i was all set for bernie because i thought it was going to happen. we get ready for things, mentally i'm all set for bernet, communist, i had everything do down. i was all set and then we have
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this crazy thing that happened on tuesday which he thought was thursday -- but he also said hundred 50 million people were killed with guns and he was running for the united states senate, support may come i'm running -- there's something going on there. [laughter] i was all set and when i focus, sometimes you do well and sometimes you choke. i watched man mike choke, he sad get me off this stage and that wasn't a pretty sight. i was all set to take on bernie, i was ready and ready and all of a sudden they say guess what i want to the first lady who people love. [cheers and applause] and i said he just won texas et cetera -- so close, it was a whole different thing because of
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her. now i'm ready for bernie and now it's two very different people. i think i'm a certain way, bernie would be tougher because he's got a base. it's a smaller base than my base, a lot of people are here -- i did nothing to do that but we have a lot of support in pennsylvania and we have a lot of support everywhere, look at the rallies. i was all set for bernie, i don't think i'm running against bernie, i think it's going to be very hard for him to come back. >> bret: will cover it, many more questions to come. health care, the economy, immigration, please stay with us on this special town hall.
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♪ [applause] >> martha: welcome back, everybody, doc town hall with president trump, this is audrey was a question for president trump. audrey. >> mr. president, thank you, we thank you for everything you're doing for our country and we look at your energy and if he can do it i can get up and do whatever i have to do. if i want to say, republicans failed to come up with an alternative plan to obamacare. how do you plan to rally around a plan and will be included in that? >> president trump: thank you
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very much, very important question about health care, probably the thing that i'm most disappointed that i've not been able to say what a good job i've done. up to sell what a great job we have done. first of all, i got rid of the individual mandate and that's where you pay the fortune, not to pay for the vote in the health care, insurance. it had a tremendous impact in the pre-existing condition 100% we take care of but we have many health care plans now were 60%, even 65% less-expensive than obamacare. if it is better than obamacare. of what we really have left is the carcass of obamacare or you call it, new health care. without pre-existing -- without the whole thing of the individual mandate, it's a whole different ball game, a much different plan. what we would like to do is totally kill it but come up -- before we do that, something that's great, we really managed obamacare, the remaining portion. we got rid of the bad part and
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the remaining portion really well. before i got involved, you know what's happening with obamacare, they were going up at levels nobody has ever seen before. we are managing it. i the decision to make them a very important, i said to my people. we have great people, i mean, great people at it. if we manage it until we have something much better? or do we manage it poorly and say obamacare is horrible. i said we've got to do the right thing, we've got to manager and really, really good. it's not great health care but we are managing it fantastically and you don't see all the stories about the rates going through the roof anymore because we know where doing and that the same time, we want to get you really fantastic health care. if we can win back the house, we will be able to do that. we have to win back the house, keep the senate. [applause] >> martha: mr. president, i want to follow up on that because the issue of pre-existing conditions, do you
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say you're going to protect them but the administration is also fighting obamacare in the court. how do you promise people based on that? >> that's what i said, we want to terminate obamacare and weree know it's defective and very defectively cover the worst part and that's a very important thing and getting rid of the individual mandate was very important. we can get the house, you have the best health care, health insurance, anywhere on the planet. we have to get the house back. now, that means we do hold the senate and obviously keep the white house. what we are doing is managing it really well. it's a case -- it's called texas -- you understand, it's texas and they want to terminate it. everybody there is also saying in the peabody, with a great senator from pennsylvania , thank you very much for being here. but very important and by the way, great congressman, i've to
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say they were warriors, rights, where years in terms fake impeachment. [applause] but -- so, texas and they are trying to terminate but they want to put something that is much better. they're terminating it to put much better and it's all pledged that the pre-existing conditions are 100% taken care of care of. >> bret: immigration, next question is from jennifer. she is a question about this to share. >> thank you, mr. president, it's truly an honor and when the best days of my life and i'm going to go tell my husband. how are you going to control the illegal immigration without support of the declarant could do my comic democratic party? >> president trump: it's very difficult, and the loopholes are terrible like lottery we get lotteries and lotteries and they have people coming into their country. we've ended the catch and release, we have right now
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27,000 mexican soldiers on our border and if they don't do that, where are going to have te very difficult and you know, we are very political correct as a nation and perhaps slightly less politically correct. we have the best numbers that we have had in many, many months and nine or ten months for the numbers are way down. we have to keep them down. but we need the wall. most important link, the wallace way under construction and we are up to 120 miles where we hag through practically nobody, by early next year, almost 500 miles of wall and once we have the wall, it is going to stop -- they're all going to stop everybody coming in. [applause] we are doing a really good job and -- up by the way, very important, i could've done a much easier version, or aversion where people could get over very easily and you see people get
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caught on top and's very high and very powerful. we are building exactly what board to control -- the border patrol wanted. they wanted a very specific wall, he had to be able to see through it on the other side before i got involved, i could build just like a nice concrete plank well and throw it out. if doug be no good, it wouldn't work. we build up a wall that ever but been dreaming about so we are up to 129 miles and we will be at 500 miles in a very short distance. it's really moving up quickly. thank you. >> bret: a lot of questions, a lot of questions by the way about the wall. also, mr. president about national debt and since being present you signed into law $4.7 trillion of debt including 2.1 trillion of discretionary spending and understanding your spending on the military as well. when you ran for president -- at one point, you said you would pay off the diet within 80 years. now about four years end.
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the debt is up $3.5 trillion that's about 18%. republicans and democrats are not talking about the national dads on capitol hill or on the campaign trail. >> president trump: i talk about it. >> bret: you care about it? is back i will always talk about because it's very important. were paying very little interest in fact i want to finance the debt but i had to fix the military. the military was depleted. it is one thing to say -- it is one thing to say, we did a good job on the debt or the budget and then have people from other countries running up the white house lawn. you know. maybe they took over the country but i did one of a job. i did fix it, and the country when i took over it was in very bad shape. remember this, president obama he more than doubled import more debt than all of the presidents
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combined freedom combine all the dads of every other president and i took it over we had $20 trillion worth of debt on the country and absolutely more than that. we had a lot of commitments from other things. on top of that, one thing, you take over something and you have debts, a building, you have died to put the building stretched out. the country was a mess and wars all over the place. >> bret: focused on the second turn? >> president trump: oh, absolutely, but the virus is going to be fine and everybody -- it's going to be fine. but that's a disservice. i will say this, when the trade deals kicking -- and you know the economy is the best economy that we've ever had. it is nothing compared to what it's going to be when the trade deals can again. >> martha: if you don't cut something in entitlement, you will never really feel -- >> president trump: we will also have growth like we never had before and we've never had
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growth like where expensing -- we will be experiencing when they kick in and china as an example, didn't do anything and how spending $250 billion a year. that's only for phase one. phase two is going to be even more. $250 billion. i made a deal with japan where they're paying 40 billion and they never give us anything. all they do is sell his cars with no tax coming into the country. south korea, i made a deal and with canada and mexico replacing the worst deal made by -- by the way, which was made by joe. okay, i didn't want to say sleepy joe because i want to be respectful, i want to respect him. he looked like he's going to be accounted into it and i to say how did that happen. but joe bennett, all, he made a deal and after he approved it, it's the worst trade deal ever made and of the usmca, does she look at what happened between china and mexico canada,
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what they were doing to the country how they were taking advantage of us. canada was charging charging us 300% tariffs and where in very good shape. >> bret: mr. president turning to foreign policy, john sullivan has the question. john. >> hi, mr. president, thank you for coming to pennsylvania. my question every since you've taken office in january 2017 north korea has been in the news. it's on the minds of many americans. just like myself, if you're elected again this year, what's your plan in moving forward with what you've already done with north korea? >> president trump: i don't like it's on the minds of too many americans to be honest with you, but it should be, and it's good it's on your mind because it's big stuff and they do have a lot of power. if the of nuclear power. i don't get credit for this and maybe i should, maybe i shouldn't and when i became president i was told by
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president obama sitting in the oval office and probably our only meeting essentially. enough for me. [laughter] >> bret: you haven't talked to him since. >> president trump: i was at the funeral of president bush, sat next to him, i said hello. and then i said "goodbye." that's about it. no, i didn't like the job he did, i didn't like the job that he and biden did, i didn't like the position, i didn't like what he did to the military and we didn't even have a military -- our military was so depleted. i tell the story, i hate to tell it because it's embarrassing but right now, we've more ammunition than we have ever had and it's all over the place. when i -- we were having difficulty with a certain country and remember donald trump is going to start a word right away, four years out, there's been nowhere and respected again. i was told by a general, sir, please don't do that, why? we have no ammunition. this is the condition we were left in. when you look at so many
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different problems, i mean with countries, he said the biggest problem that we have as north korea and that's what you're alluding to. and have a good relationship and i said did you ever call him and the answer is yes he did and i will tell you, i don't think they admit that maybe they did but called many times in kim jong un did not want to talk to him. and we met in singapore, we've met in vietnam and i also went to the border in first person to walk over et cetera, et cetera. we have a very good relationship understanding -- let's see what happens, but you know, the pond and say it's terrible when he's done, i give nothing, i give nothing. at the sanctions are wrong and they want to see if they can do something. i haven't given anything. it's the other side they do right now be in a big war with north korea and maybe it would be over by now, but almost immediately, you have started if you remember the rhetoric at the beginning, that was very tough
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rhetoric. but the rhetoric kindness to a place in the olympics became successful in south korea because all of a sudden they would like to be participating. they didn't sell any tickets because nobody wanted to go to the olympics and all of us and north korea rolls up and we want to be participants in the olympics. if everybody fell off their seats and that's because of me. by the way, the president of south korea gives total credit for that. he became successful in the bottom line is, is a very good relationship with them and i cannot guarantee anything but for three years we've spent nothing getting sanctions and we are not at war with north korea. which is not bad. >> bret: all right, mr. president, thank you. it was speed it will take a quick break and when we come back we will have more questione audience and then we have a lightning round. with more president trump. ♪
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this is my dream now. [ laughs ] ♪ principle. we can help you plan for that. start today at ♪ [applause] >> bret: welcome back to that town hall with president trump in pennsylvania, we want to continue with foreign policy question. if you talk this week to the leader of the taliban and you said it's a good conversation and you said it, you both did nt want violence beta however, on the same day the taliban lost some 50 attacks in afghanistan and 40 of them in one province. there are many americans really wondering and the u.s. struck back against the taliban. there are many americans wondering where the piece part of the peace plan is. can you trust that taliban?
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>> president trump: these are warriors that have been there for 20 years, really serving more as a law enforcement group than the military group, we could win the war very easily but i don't cap feel like killing millions of people in order to do that and nobody wans to do that. people are tired even the biggest talks are tired of being there. i do very good conversation with him and there's a group that formed and again, they have many tribes in many different -- it's not like perfectly one in control and i spoke to a certain man who is the leader. the leader -- it's not the easiest leadership position structure, you know, tribes all over the place. a tribe formed in a group formed i was going to attack certain soldiers, afghan soldiers. the military heard about it and the military went and took them out. that was it. i believe they really want to make a deal and 19 going very close to 20 years, they're also very tired of fighting believe it or not. but there were warriors and
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their fighters and that's what they have done for 1,000 years and they are not -- as the soviet unit which became russia because of afghanistan. >> martha: you said you want to end this and it's gone on for a long time. but what about the conditions on the ground because you know, the general had a disagreement abouh thyou. but their general said it we need more people and not fewer people right now, will you do? >> president trump: he said then and i get the more people fresh for a short period of time and it didn't work out. as for syria, i pulled him out, and we were securing the border between turkey and syria and why are we doing that? trick is big, serious fine come out them fight their own battles and we doing the soldiers. of getting people killed. one thing, when it came in, isis was over syria and all over iraq and we don't want them coming in
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and it was a mess. you understand it very well and i knocked out 100% of the territorial -- 100%, we knocked out. we knocked out the isis caliphate and vast amount of the middle east and we did it very quickly. when i came, president obama, it was all over the place. when i say were not doing the borders, we left soldiers because of the oil. i was always against going into the erect, maybe the worst decision ever made but i used to say, once were in there, they never took the oil. we have an oil area and in syria and you're sin syria. so we kept the treasure and that's okay. >> martha: but if it's more troops to keep the taliban from taking over afghanistan is not something you would be willing -- >> president trump: well, you know, there's a big question about the government affect
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afghanistan the whole situation in afghanistan. we're getting it very well with everybody and we are to get the people back home and it's not fair and we are police force over there. we are maintaining things. eventually, we have to leave and we want want to stay there for another 20 years or 100 years. we want our people to come back home. >> bret: all rights, the next question from the audience about politics. linda. oh, there you go. hi, linda. >> hi, president trump, so happy to have you here. from the day you came down the escalator in trump tower, i was on the train. >> president trump: i like you too. >> my question is, we are so divide as a country, i have families members who don't speak to me and recently told if you support trump you're no longer part of my life. how are you going to bring us together? >> president trump: so, i give an answer before success but it's truly a little bit more
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than that because we've had great success and there's a division, no question about it. politicians have to be able to be civil, and if they're not, you to fight back -- otherwise, there is a movement on and i called him the radical left democrats and it's really the radical left democrats and they want to see -- let's get together, let's get things done, there's so many things we could do. we've done a lot, more than any administration in three years in the history of the country for the first years and i saved all the time in the press does not dispute name and they would do that. we could do even more and we talked about a great question on the border but we should get rid of the loopholes and you can do that without democrat votes. i really believe we are going to win back the next election and we do come of the other side is going to say okay, that is it, s get along. i really believe that. we have to win the election. [applause] >> bret: all right,
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mr. president, quick lightning here short questions, short answers ideally buried with this one goes back to the coronavirus in the beginning. you're a self-proclaimed german phobic in the campaign -- before the campaign, he didn't like the shake hands and -- >> president trump: i'm not thrilled. >> bret: did you change anything? >> president trump: great question, i've always felt from the time i was a young guy, i felt the concept was good you read a lot of medical reports it's not good now -- by the way, if they're up for a time you could for it to shake hands this would be it. you know what i did? i love the people of this country and you can be a politician and not shake hands and i'll be shaking hands with people and they want to say hello and hug you and kiss you, i don't care. you have to do that. if i want to run -- can you
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imagine? i'm a group comes of it, sir, i don't shake hands. it's over. i don't care how nicely you say, i shake anybody's hand no and a part of it. they are people that i love and people i want to take care of. now the concept of shaking hands since this, you're hearing a lot of stuff about trying not to shake hands and has not stopped me at all. it's a little bit of a problem. while i was kidding. you know, i heard the other day you're not supposed to touch your face so i went on camera and i said, i've not touched my camera in weeks. and i miss my face. one of the network says he said he didn't touch his face. so these people greeted >> martha: you have said about being president i didn't have to do this and you wanted to do it. what about your old life, is there any little thing you miss about your old life? putts i loved my old life and the day before i announced i was running for president, i was the best.
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in my life. my country was my company was thestrongest anda great company because it's times when the markets go by and the markets are good and it was thet period of my life and the best period of my entire life. then, i noticed i was going to run for president. you know, the greatest day of your life is before you announce you're going to be running for president but they say that about people. but i won. i went back. i sent an example and they were using numbers and they were saying how various people spent and bloomberg spent like father in the 50 million. in the sky, stier, impeachment tom how did that work out? tom steyer spent 250 million and another one, but a lot of people spent a lot of money and i was in the middle and this is your own money, i spent somebody
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million and lost, lost, lost, lost. if donald trump became president of the united states, lost, lo lost. you know. it's cool. i love it. we are doing more than anybody can imagine. and they have the right to try where we can use. >> martha: is there anything that you miss? michelle obama said she missed sort of going shopping or walking down the aisles. it is there anything you can do now? >> president trump: yeah, i can't walk down the street now and before i was well known either very successful business and even my show turned out to be successful. many top bestsellers and things. but i could walk down the street. i could actually walk into a store. and you know, it was fine, it was not like nobody knew me but now, today, if i ever suggested
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that this secret service i'm going to walk down pennsylvania avenue and let's go shopping. it's a lot different. i do miss that, i missed that sort of free life and this is not a free life. but i love what we are doing because we are accomplishing more than anybody has ever -- we are saving this country, this country is going wrong. >> bret: mr. president, very last question. who is your closest friend in washington? >> president trump: i don't want to say because i've a lot of close friends, i really do. but i get along great with the vice president and i keep hearing that i'm replacing him but he's doing a phenomenal job he's a great guy and a loyal guy and he works so hard. he's going to put this one, that one, and if i did, that's a great act of disloyalty because he's been great but i speak to all of the senators allowed to. if i speak to all of the congressman a lot. we have great people in washington and great democrats too i speak the democrats too
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believe it or not we have great, great people in washington. it very in washington. it's going to come together. and is going to be sooner than you think. >> bret: president trump, thank you very much. thank you for our audience. we do thank you very much, president trump. great to have you with us. thank you very much. we are going to do the "the story" up on the balcony right after the break. stick around for more. >> bret: thank you very much. >> martha: thank you very much. >> president trump: thank you very much. >> martha: stick around for more. ♪ challenges and opportunities. at ameriprise financial we can't predict what tomorrow will bring. but our comprehensive approach to financial planning can help make sure you're prepared for what's expected and even what's not.
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